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JPII in Australia: The moment I was tackled by the Federal police during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Darwin in 1986

St John Paul II in Australia

The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling reflects on his memory of John Paul II’s visit to Darwin on November 29, 1986 when he was working on a radio news story of the papal visit. THIS month marks 30 years since Pope John Paul II visited Australia. In six-and-a-half days, from November 24-December 1, the 66-year-old pontiff visited every state and territory, ... Read More »

No abortions: Pro-life groups have their say at public hearing

pregnant mum

CHERISH Life Queensland has told a public hearing that abortion is not liberation, it is coercive deception. Abortion “is abandonment of our women at a most vulnerable time in their lives”, Cherish Life’s research director Kara Thomas told the Queensland Parliament Health Committee inquiring into a second abortion bill proposed by Member for Cairns Rob Pyne. “It harms women because ... Read More »

Porn kills love: How pornography addictions destroyed the relationships of two Toowoomba citizens

internet pornography

PORNOGRAPHY – it has the power to sever trust and spark violence, break marriages and destroy lives. After civic leaders in Toowoomba rallied and publicly pledged to create a porn-free city, men and women have stepped forward to tell their chilling and cautionary stories of how seemingly innocent first encounters with porn have turned into relationship-wrecking addictions. At the rally ... Read More »

Queensland couple told toddler Cal can stay in Australia until January

Mackalistair So-On

THE Brisbane guardians of a toddler born on Manus Island have been told he can stay in Australia until at least next January. It’s a temporary reprieve for two-year-old Mackalistair So-On, who was left by his biological mother and father in the care of Karen and Craig Wells during a trip to Brisbane last year. The couple has been fighting ... Read More »

Author disappointed that mainstream media ignored his book contributing to same-sex marriage debate

Dr David van Gend

THE Toowoomba-based president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr David van Gend, admits he stepped on a roller-coaster promoting his new book on the same-sex marriage debate. In the last few weeks, a commercial printer refused to print his book, and when an alternative printer was found, his book launch tour to all state capitals was ignored by mainstream media ... Read More »

Toowoomba citizens pledge to make the city porn-free

porn-free city

HUNDREDS of Toowoomba’s men, many of them leading citizens, have rallied in the city’s civic square and sworn not to watch pornography. In a public pledge, they stood shoulder-to-shoulder, and repeated aloud words spoken by mayor Paul Antonio: “I acknowledge viewing pornography promotes exploitation of women. And violence against women. And it damages families. I commit that I won’t view ... Read More »

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